House Votes to Shortchange War-Fighting Fund to Buy Aircraft

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The U.S. House passed a $610.5 billion defense policy bill that would give the Pentagon less war-fighting money than requested to make the balance sheets work, at least temporarily, while permitting billions extra for new fighter aircraft, helicopters, military personnel and their pay.

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